chapter 23!!! yay!!!
well first half
Dahrin groaned, his head felt like it was going to explode and his body didn’t feel any better. He slowly opened his eyes to dim light and looked at his surrounding. He was in the healing ward of Zora’s Domain. He brought his arm up to rub his eyes and saw his arm covered in bandages. He sat up slowly and saw that all his exposed flesh was covered in bandages.
“Ok. What happened?” Dahrin asked out loud.
“I was hoping you’d tell me.” Selene whispered from his left.
Dahrin looked in her direction and saw her sitting in a chair wrapped in a blanket. A candle was burning next to her on a small table. In the candle light she looked exhausted.
“Have you gotten sleep?” Dahrin asked her swinging his legs off of the cot so he could face her. Selene chuckled and scooted down into the chair more.
“More or less. More less than more.” Selene said with amusement.
Dahrin chuckled then hissed when it hurt his wounds, “How is everyone? I assume we won.”
Selene shrugged, “Sort of, Lara retreated. Everyone’s alive. Sasha is trapped in the Temple, there’s nothing we can do for her at the moment.”
“How’s Lucius taking it?” Dahrin asked.
“He’s surviving. He blames himself. I’m more worried about you though.” Selene said.
Dahrin looked at her puzzled, “Why?”
“You don’t remember anything?” Selene pushed.
Dahrin thought about it, “I was fighting Lara, and loosing. She choked me and I blacked out. I regained consciousness and found myself in the midst of monster, I put my shield up and then-“
Dahrin stopped he wasn’t sure if he should tell Selene about his incident with black Dahrin. He wasn’t even sure if it had been real or just his oxygen deprived hallucinations.
“And then what?” Selene asked concerned. She was leaning forward slightly.
“And then I blacked out again. Next thing I knew I was here.” Dahrin lied, he could remember vaguely his second fight with Lara, though it was more like he had just sat and watched it from behind his own eyes. He remembered his arm being severed but like it had happened to someone else. He even remembered Lucius, he had been frightening when he had stabbed Dahrin through the chest and pinned him to the wall.
Selene gave a small sigh, “Well, here’s what happened when we found you.”
“And why did you stab him in the chest again?” Selene asked for the tenth time. Lucius sighed and sank to the floor; he was too tired to try to explain what he had done in his sage mode.
“If I hadn’t of pinned him there he would have gotten himself and/or all of us killed. What we need to do now is figure out how to get him back to normal. This is temporary; I think.” Lucius said standing back up and moving closer to Dahrin who was grinning at them like a maniac. His eyes still swirled black and orange but it appeared the orange was increasing.
“From what I can tell his two sage spirits are fighting for dominance, it’s too early to know which will win.” Calhan said standing on Dahrin’s left.
“What two sage spirits? Dahrin’s just the Spirit Sage isn’t he?” Sheik asked from where he sat on a chunk of the pillar Lara had knocked through. He felt queasy looking at his best friend stabbed through the chest to the wall.
“Well, as we should all have figured out by now, Dahrin is the son of Ganondorf. As such he has a piece of the Evil sage inside of himself. It happens when sages mate, that way the sage spirit has somewhere to go already when the sage dies. But since Ganondorf mated with another sage both spirits entered Dahrin. And from what I can tell they’re fighting for dominance.” Calhan explained.
“Ok, so how do we help him?” Gerad asked.
“I don’t believe we can.” Calhan said as he sighed.
“There’s gotta be a way.” Selene said looking from Calhan back to Dahrin.
Meria turned to Lucius, “Can you do what you did for Sheik back in Kokoriko?”
Lucius looked at her with sad eyes, “It might kill him and the person I let in there. Throwing someone into the middle of a fight between two people isn’t the healthiest of ideas.”
“I’m willing to give it a shot if it’ll help Dahrin.” Selene said coming to stand next to Lucius.
“Like heck you will! I’m not letting you put yourself in danger.” Gerad said turning her to face him. Selene shook off his arm, “It’s my decision to make whether I risk my life for someone else.”
“But who says it has to be you?” Gerad asked crossing his arms defiantly.
Selene took a breath to shout back but couldn’t think of anything to retort with. She turned to Lucius, “Please, let me do this.”
Lucius turned to face her and looked deep into her eyes; he saw only love for Dahrin there and a pleading for him to help her save him.
“Ok, I’ll help you. Try not to die in the process.” Lucius sighed.
“Hell no!” Gerad cried, “You’re not throwing my little sister to a potential death! I refuse!”
“The only reason I’m your little sister is because you happen to come out first!” Selene yelled back.
“Doesn’t matter, I wouldn’t let you do it if you were older, you’re my sister, I’m not gonna let you get killed!” Gerad said turning to her again.
The rest of the group watched in stunned silence at the two siblings quarrel.
“Uh, Ger-“ Calhan started.
“Stay out of this Lore Sage!” Gerad cut him off without even glancing at him.
“I love him, Gerad.” Selene said.
“I know that. But it doesn’t make a difference, you’re not going.” Gerad said.
“Oh, but its ok for you to risk your life and not me?” Selene asked sarcastically.
“Yes.” Gerad replied crossing his arms again.
“HA! Why is that?” Selene sneered.
“Cause I’m older than you.” Gerad stated.
“Big woop! Still doesn’t mean you have to, G-Link could do it instead. But no you have to be the one to always risk your life, not letting others step up in your place, because you can’t stand the thought of loosing any of us, but what about our feelings about loosing you?!” Selene cried as tears began to fall down her face. Gerad didn’t answer.
“I don’t want to loose you both. And I don’t want to loose any of my friends.” Selene whispered.
Gerad sighed, “Now you know why I risk my life.”
Selene sniffed and rubbed her eyes, “Well now you’ll know what its like to be the one to have to wait.”
Lucius pinched the bridge of his nose as he tried to seek patience, “Gerad, it’ll be alright. I think they have enough of a bond for her to be safe. You don’t need to freak out.”
Gerad looked at Lucius who took an involuntary step back from the hostile glare he got. Selene stepped up to Gerad and turned his face to her once more.
“Gerad, please, let me save the man I love.” Selene asked begging him with her eyes to let her, his little sister, out from under his wing.
Gerad sighed, and Selene’s heart wrenched at the pain she heard in that sigh, “Don’t you dare die on me. Promise me Selene.”
Selene smiled at him in understanding, “I promise.”
The others sat back and watched as Lucius walked to Dahrin’s right side and had Selene stand on Dahrin’s left. Dahrin watched in curiosity as Lucius put Selene’s hand over his head and heart.
“Close your eyes.” Lucius ordered.
Selene did as bided and felt herself get lighter.
‘Open your eyes.’ Selene heard Lucius’s voice.
Selene opened her eyes and saw fire swirling all around her, she screamed in fear as the fire licked at her flesh then stopped screaming cause it didn’t burn her. She looked around and saw she was enveloped in an orange shield.
Dahrin appeared out of the flames, but he looked like the one pinned to the wall, “Hi, sparkles. Here to seal me again are you?”
“Who are you?” Selene asked turning to face him.
Black Dahrin laughed, “I’m the Evil Sage’s Spirit. I always liked the name Eshen. So we’ll go with that, sparkles.”
Eshen reached out to stroke her face but the shield repelled him. He cried out at the shock he got and sucked his fingers.
“Leave her alone.” Another Dahrin appeared on the other side of Selene. She turned to face the new comer but it wasn’t her Dahrin. This one had orange glowing eyes instead of the amber ones she longed to see.
“Who are you?” Selene asked him.
“He’s the Spirit Sage’s Spirit. I call him Sprite.” Eshen cackled.
Selene raised her eyebrows at Eshen, clearly this guy was insane. Eshen continued to cackle and Selene turned back to the sage spirit. He returned her curious gaze calmly.
“Where’s my Dahrin?” Selene asked him.
“He is safe.” He answered as he blocked an attack from Eshen who still cackled.